Atletico Madrid put on an impressive 3-0 away display against difficult opposition in Sevilla to show early signs of their title credentials this season.
A first-half goal from Koke put his side in the lead at half-time in a tightly contested game.
Second half goals from Gabi and new forward Jackson Martinez sealed an impressive display that was closer than the scoreline suggests.
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The match started quickly as both teams pressed each other with both allowing the other little time on the ball with some tough tackles also coming in.
Sevilla made the first move in the tight affair as Coke found himself on the end of an quick interchange between his teammates and driving a right sided shot into the body of Jan Oblak in the away goal.
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After an early 30-yard testing shot from Antoine Griezmann, Atletico's next best effort came with winger Oliver Torres receiving a cut-back pass from the Frenchman and firing his effort into the gloves of Beto on 17 minutes.
In a backwards and forwards game, Sevilla pushed to take the lead on the 32nd minute with a deep cross floating to the back post, where Benoit Tremoulinas was waiting to drive a low effort from an unlikely scoring angle at the Atletico keeper who successfully blocked the shot.
Three minutes later, Griezmann, who was jostling for possession with defender Daniel Carrico, found himself able to prod through a ball to Koke in the centre of the Sevilla box, who poked in a first time effort giving the Madrid side the lead in a close fought match.
Ten minutes later, the home side had the last attempt of the half as Polish midfielder Gregorz Krychowiak brought a low diving save from Oblak as his deflected effort found the target.
Atletico in control
The second period started in similar fashion to the first as both sides continued to battle away for supremacy with a 53rd minute counter break falling short as Koke failed to curl an effort around the Sevilla keeper.
Four minutes later, full-back Coke brought a simple catch from Oblak as a well hit half-volley dipped into the Slovenian keepers gloves.
Ten minutes later, as Sevilla pushed for the levelling goal, Fernando Llorente found the ball at his feet after some pinball in the Atetico box, but his curling effort spinning the wrong way as it swung wide of the far post.
The introduction of new signing Yevhen Konoplyanka provided some direct running into the home sides attack.
The change, however, proved no key to a goal as the away side found themselves killing off the game as unlikely goalscorer Gabi fired a 25-yard shot that deflected off a turning Krychowiak and bounced past a helpless Beto for the two goal lead.
Five minutes from the end, recently introduced Colombian forward Martinez got his name onto the score-sheet as a quick one-two with Griezmann allowed the striker the space to curl a left-footed effort over the top of Beto who was off his line.
The goal certainly wrapped up the game as Urai Emery's team came away bitterly disappointed as they could not battle for at least a point at a home ground which only saw one loss last term to Atletico's cross city rivals Real Madrid.
Opposing coach Diego Simeone will be extremely pleased with his side's away performance at a tough ground and will hope that his team can continue to build another title contending season.
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